Post-Baccalaureate Program

  • Adolescence Certification for Career Change Emphasizing Secondary Schools (ACCESS) prepares you to teach at the middle/junior/senior high school level, if you already have a background in a secondary teaching content area. 
  • Dual certification in special education grades 7-12 is available. 
  • Learn about adolescent learners and master the skills and methods to create learning-centered, engaging lessons that are standards-based.

Program is Ideal For

  • Someone with a master’s degree in a subject area who wants teaching certification for that subject (biology, chemistry, physics, English, math, history/social studies, theatre, Chinese, French, German, Italian, or Spanish).
  • If you don’t have a master’s degree, Nazareth’s Inclusive Adolescence Education master’s program could be the better option.

Career Information

  • Becoming dual-certified — able to teach a subject area and meet the needs of special education secondary students (grades 7-12) — positions you well for employment.
  • Jobs include secondary content area teachers, consultant teachers, resource room teachers, integrated co-teachers, and self-contained special education classroom teachers.

What to Expect
  • Complete the program in four semesters
  • 100 hours of fieldwork and 14 weeks of student teaching
  • 6-week special education practicum (for those seeking dual certification in students with disabilities)
  • Get New York state initial teacher certification in adolescence education (grades 7-12) for your content area and students with disabilities (generalist, grades 7-12).

Curriculum Examples (34 Credits)
  • Principles of Teaching, Learning & Assessment for Diverse Secondary Learners 
  • Social Foundations of Education 
  • Language, and Literacy Development 
  • Foundations of Teaching Secondary Students with Disabilities 
  • Motivation and Management 
  • Curriculum Methodology 
  • Full Curriculum

Application Process


  • Bachelor's degree, and preferably a master's degree from an accredited institution
  • Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and a B average in your major field

How to Enroll

  1. Get ACCESS program application and general recommendation form from Pat Huntington,, 585-389-2051.
  2. Send completed application, two letters of recommendation, and transcript to Pat Huntington.
  3. Eligible candidates will be invited for a required interview with the program director.
  4. Upon acceptance, you’ll receive instructions about registering for courses.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall term: Rolling through Aug. 1

Eric Morris, alum of post-baccalaureate secondary education NYS teacher certification program

The ACCESS program "turned out to be an incredibly valuable asset to my future, launching my career in a spectacular way," says Eric Morris '12GRead how Nazareth’s program provided a speedy path to his goal and led directly to this career changer’s first two teaching jobs.

Program Director

Margaret Callahan-Steckley

Margaret Callahan-Steckley

Chairperson / Associate Professor / Undergraduate Program Director in Adolescence Education
Golisano Academic Center 261

Education: B.A., University of Notre Dame, Ed.M. & Ph.D., State University of New York At Buffalo.

Teaching and Research Interests: English education; Adolescent literacy & pedagogy; media literacy and media arts.

tuition-icon for post-baccalaureate teacher certification in secondary education at Nazareth College Rochester NY


ACCESS students pay undergraduate tuition rates for all but one course. Tuition rate is part-time except for final term, which is full-time. Program costs »